Color is one of the Elements of Art, and as such, is essential for artists to engage with and understand. In these lessons, we will review some essentials about color. Then, we will engage in two assignments: a color wheel, and a digital art piece that utilizes a chosen aspect of color theory.

Assignment 1: COLOR OVERVIEW (Video)

Begin by reviewing color through watching this video on headphones. Pay particular attention to the definition of hues, tints, and shades.

 

Assignment 2: COLOR BASICS and the COLOR WHEEL (50 points). DUE JUNE 1, 2016 at end of class

This lesson introduces formal aspects of color theory for designer and utilizes Adobe Photoshop to explore the Color Wheel. To add to your understanding, you will overview various aspects of Color Theory.  You will find lots of information on primarysecondary, and tertiary colors,  warm and cool colors, tints, shades, and tones, complementary and analogous colors, triadic color schemes, and more!

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You will use various tools and methods in Adobe Photoshop to place hues, tints, and shades on the color wheel in the appropriate location according to the chart. There are guides on the document to assist you, as well as this tutorial.

Directions:

  1. Review the chart above and the page on Color Theory here.
  2. For a video tutorial, click here.
  3. Download this document for your assignment and save it in your DOCUMENTS folder: COLOR THEORY PHOTOSHOP WORKSHEET
  4. Open the document in Adobe Photoshop. Use methods and tools in Adobe Photoshop to add color in the appropriate order, and in the appropriate spaces, including hues, tints, and shades.
  5. Flatten the document, save it as a .jpg, and email it to me at alicia.arnold@ousd.org

 

 

 

Assignment 3: COLOR THEORY ART PIECE (50 Points)

Your third assignment is all about application. You will now apply what you have learned about color theory to create your own art piece! As the color field painters believed, color is a worthy subject on its own.

 

Directions:

1.  FORM: CHOOSE YOUR METHOD

Method 1: DIGITAL

In Adobe Photoshop, create a new document at least 10 inches by 10 inches and Resolution 300 dpi (dots per inch). Utilize tools and methods in Adobe Photoshop to create a digital work of art based around a chosen set of ONE of the following:

  • analogous colors
  • complementary colors
  • primary colors
  • warm colors 
  • cool colors

Method 2: TRADITIONAL

Choose an art medium (or mixed media) to work with. Create a work of art based around a chosen set of ONE of the following:

  • analogous colors
  • complementary colors
  • primary colors
  • warm colors 
  • cool colors

 

2. CONTENT: GET CREATIVE!

The subject matter/content of your piece is up to you. However, you will need to stick to one color set for the piece, with the addition of white and black. Some ideas: you might choose to go completely abstract, you could use photography in your piece, or illustration…it’s up to you!

 

SUBMITTING YOUR WORK:

Digital: When finished, save your work as an open .psd file in your DOCUMENTS folder. Then, as usual, flatten your image, click SAVE AS, and save it as a .jpg. Email me your finished piece with your NAME and COLOR THEORY ART PIECE in the subject line.

Traditional: When finished, scan your document and save it to your DOCUMENTS folder. Send me the finished project with your NAME and COLOR THEORY ART PIECE in the subject line.

 

Check out some pieces where color theory plays an important role here:

Mark Rothko: